Entertainment Industry Takes Anti-Piracy Offensive To Campuses

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Taking their anti-piracy crusade to the front lines, the music and film industries are set to launch a new technology that will enable copyright holders to better police ISPs or high-volume networks like those on university campuses….

Automated Copyright Notice System (ACNS) … makes it easy for system administrators to restrict the Internet access of an individual who has received [a DMCA cease and desist] notice from a copyright holder, most typically a record or film company….

The technology, which is open source and royalty free, was developed by Universal Music Group and Vivendi Universal Entertainment….

[T]he technology’s method of “automating punishment” remains questionable, especially since “innocent people can be improperly sanctioned for their use,” [Chris Hoofnagle, deputy counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center,] said.

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